From our sister magazine Architectural Lighting:

Over the past decade, architects and lighting designers have witnessed a number of sustainability measures that are shaking up the lighting industry, helping to drive product development while reducing energy use. These initiatives include the incandescent lamp phase-out, along with the promotion of state adoption of updated building energy codes. These are some of the points Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) director of public policy Robert Horner and International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) public policy consultant John Martin made during a presentation to about 60 interior designers at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) legislative symposium, held in Washington, D.C., on April 14 and 15. 

In their presentation, Horner and Martin identified several issues that have arisen regarding lighting legislation and regulation. One such item is the requirement for use of lighting controls in new and renovated buildings, as mandated by California’s Title 24 Energy Code. Another shift is the move from measuring only installed lighting wattage in buildings to measuring and counting real energy use, which could lead to submetering of lighting and other building systems. Trade associations and professional lighting societies are advocating for measuring building performance in BTU per square foot per year. Horner and Martin also identified the rise of the Net Zero Energy (NZE) building, as exemplified by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s requirement for NZE in new commercial buildings by 2030, and increased use of daylighting, along with sensors and controls for electric lighting installed in daylit spaces, as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In addition to looking at legislation that has already had an impact on the lighting industry, Horner and Martin also presented synopses of some of the current energy-efficiency bills currently making their way through the legislative process on Capitol Hill.

To learn more about these lighting regulations and legislations, read the full story on Architectural Lighting here.